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Bob Dylan Uber Fans, 'The Dylanologists'; Diego Garcia Plays Live

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

In this episode: Writer David Kinney spent several years following obsessive fans of Bob Dylan for his new book, The Dylanologists. Kinney tells Soundcheck about these uber-fans’ quests -- moving, sad, entertaining -- to decipher the Sphinx of American songwriting.

Then: Diego Garcia led the indie-rock band Elefant for many years before striking out on his own. Hear the Argentine-American singer-songwrite perform his languid, dreamy indie pop songs from Paradise and more in the Soundcheck studio.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Edvard Grieg in the Northern Lights

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Young Artists Showcase won’t be headed to Scandinavia anytime soon, but this week you will hear a few rarely performed works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

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Death, Sex & Money

Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jason Isbell was a restless guitarist. Amanda Shires was a fiddler who turned his life around. A year into marriage, they're discovering sobriety and success come with new challenges.

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New Sounds

Between Rock and Classical

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

For this New Sounds, there’s music that falls into the cracks between rock and classical, between popular music and contemporary chamber music.  Listen to music by Yann Tiersen, probably best known for the “Amelie” soundtrack.  Hear selections from his latest, “∞”(Infinity), which is a collection of songs, stories and instrumentals made mostly in Iceland and incorporating Breton and Icelandic, but also Faroese and English.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Sophistafunk

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Syracuse-based trio featuring keys, drums, and a mic plays Brooklyn Bowl. Download "Gotta Walk."

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Energy, Education, Romance, and a Ban on Dancing

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Oklahoma Pushes Back Against EPA Emissions Regulations | Federal Science Standards Spark Controversy in Wyoming Education | Boko Haram's Terrorism Takes Toll on Nigerian Economy | Iranian Youth Arrested for Dancing to Pharrell's 'Happy' | Students Design High Tech, Low Cost Artificial Limbs | Russia & China Strike Major Multi-Decade ...

New York Now

Listen: Arvo Pärt and Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

On June 2 at 7 pm, Q2 Music presented a live webcast of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir performing Arvo Pärt's epic Kanon Pokajanen. Listen to the entire concert on demand. 

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Soundcheck

Alex Timbers Says Theater 'Feels Irrelevant'

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The renowned theater director talks about his work on Rocky The Musical as well as his upcoming projects, including Up Here -- a musical written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, of Book of Mormon and Frozen fame.

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Soundcheck

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: Enigmatic And Elastic As Ever

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wig Out at Jagbags is the Jicks' first album recorded since the Pavement reunion a few years back. Hear the group perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

Heir To A Jazz Legacy, A Trumpeter Finds His Own Way

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Theo Croker is a descendant of old-school New Orleans jazz royalty, but his fusion of different genres is anything but traditional.

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Quincy Jones: Without Music I'd Be 'Dead or in Prison'

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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The legendary music producer talks about how he went from "baby gangster" to musical great, a deathbed gift from Duke Ellington, and how a near-death experience left him with only one fear.

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Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

White got an assist from an unlikely ally — his teenaged self — in the making of his second solo album. He talks about fate, coincidence and the happy accidents that helped create Lazaretto.

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Conor Oberst On World Cafe

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Bright Eyes singer performs songs from Upside Down Mountain, backed by the band Dawes.

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Led Zeppelin Sued Over 'Stairway To Heaven' Guitar Line

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Did a band from Los Angeles get ripped off by Led Zeppelin? That's the claim made in a new lawsuit by representatives of the band Spirit, which played some dates with the British rock legends.

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Ages And Ages: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The band makes the kind of music that can restore your faith in humanity — for at least as long as it takes you to watch this uplifting performance in the NPR Music offices.

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In 2014, The Classical World Still Can't Stop Fat-Shaming Women

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Over the weekend, five London-based critics reviewed a new opera production — and each attacked the weight of one of the female soloists. Do they treat male vocalists the same way?

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The Takeaway

Adventures in the World of Bob

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In "The Dylanologists," Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Kinney looks at Bob Dylan’s cult following, and how the musician has shaped the identities of countless Americans.

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A Conversation With D'Angelo

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The iconic R&B vocalist sits down with author Nelson George for an in-depth interview at the Brooklyn Museum on Wednesday, May 21, part of Red Bull Music Academy's Festival New York.

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KEXP Presents: Shovels & Rope

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent recently brought their rousing folk-rock anthems to the KEXP studios. Watch the duo perform the dark "Shank Hill St." live on the air.

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New Sounds

Frontiers of Flamenco

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In this episode of New Sounds, we’ll look beyond flamenco, experiencing collisions of Indian classical music and flamenco, along with other flamenco blends.

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